Education@Iskandar Sdn Bhd (EISB), a company of the Iskandar Investment Group, had signed an agreement with top maritime institutes from Netherlands to establish the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) in EduCity in Iskandar Malaysia.
The agreement was signed with Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz, Maritiem Instituut de Ruyter and Maritime Intel Sdn Bhd (MISB), the operating company of NMIT. MISB is jointly owned by Malaysian and Dutch partners.
Maritime Intel managing director Captain Razali Yaacob said the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology aspired to be the leading regional maritime education and training solutions’ provider – possessing world class facilities and faculty.
“This will further support the development of Malaysian ports, shipping and logistics, shipbuilding and ship repair, and offshore oil and gas sectors, especially in the development of human capital,” he said in a statement.
NMIT will welcome its first intake of about 240 students at the beginning of 2011, with enrolment projected to reach approximately 1,620 students by end 2015.
The institute will offer diploma, degree and masters programmes in transport, shipping, seafaring, maritime and logistics management.
Courses will commence at the initial location in Kotaraya, Johor Baru, before the institute moves to its permanent campus in the multi-varsity enterprise building in EduCity by 2012.
“Malaysia and the Netherlands share over 50 years of strong bilateral ties. The agreement to establish the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology in Iskandar Malaysia is a true testament to the numerous opportunities for partnerships to progress both nations,” said Jan Soer, deputy head of Mission of the Netherlands Embassy in Malaysia, at the signing ceremony.
EISB chairman Arlida Ariff said Malaysia, as one of the top 10 countries in the shipping industry, believes that the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology would play a significant role in nurturing well-trained maritime professionals in Malaysia to meet the increasing demand for industry experts worldwide.
“This pool of talent will also feed into and support the growth of the trade and logistics sector which Iskandar Investment is developing in Iskandar Malaysia,” Arlida said.
The event was graced by Deputy Minister of Higher Education Dr Hou Kok Chung.